9 Box AudioCubes Instrument/Installation


What is the 9 Box?

Part collaborative instrument, part interactive installation – the 9 Box allows up to four casualplayers to instantly make music and shape sound by manipulating blocks called Percussa AudioCubes.

What Are AudioCubes?

AudioCubes, made by Percussa,  are smart wireless cubes capable of sensing each other’s location and orientation as well as distance to your hands, fingers and other objects. They also emit feedback in the form of light as you interact with them.


Video of the 9 Box in ACTION

Photos of the 9 Box in Action

What Did I Make?

To create the 9 Box I developed a  method of play, player’s guides and stickers, a custom Percussa MIDI Bridge template, and a custom Ableton Live templates and refill system. Ultimately this hands-on approach allows players to manipulate sets of sounds in 3×3 grids – hence the name 9 Box. The 9 Box supports also supports user  “refills” allowing for unique and endless sonic possibilities.

9 box method

Click this mindmap for a more detailed explanation.

9Box Overview Mindmap

How do I get the 9 box?

This is not a commercial product but is instead a method and set of templates for off the shelf products Percussa AudioCubes (MIDI Bridge) and Ableton Live. I’ve put a lot of time into these templates but in the current state of development this is not a turnkey system. It requires someone with advanced knowledge of AudioCubes and Ableton to set the system up.

I’ve made these templates available under creative commons. The templates are provided as is without support.

Click HERE to got to Dropbox with templates.

Creative Commons License

9 Box: A Collaborative AudioCube Jam Instrument with Music, Sound & Light by Mark Mosher is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at http://9box.modulatethis.com.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.markmoshermusic.com.

By Mark Mosher

Synthesist and Multimedia Artist